King and son need to improve their image, so they use time-tested, go-to strategy of authoritarian regimes: Co-opt women

Madawi Al-Rasheed

The Arab world sees severe consequences within Syria if the Assad regime doesn’t compromise with the PYD

Kareem Chehayeb

The most important question is whether, by throwing out a one-state scarecrow in his speech, the Palestinian president will have generated enough pressure to restore the two-state project?

Awni Almashni

There is no doubt that most Kurds want independence, but what kind? If you build a state where democratic principles are easily undermined, you end up with a dictatorship. Our struggles may just be beginning

Dr Choman Hardi

As the UN Human Rights Council looks once again at launching an independent inquiry into war crimes in Yemen, I have one thing to say to the organisations pushing for it: good luck

Afrah Nasser

Egypt's refusal this week to allow a funeral for former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad Mahdi Akef reveals a regime that understands its hold on power is precarious

Wael Haddara

A new study finds that American children are being indoctrinated by skewed accounts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Islam. But if sharing verifiable facts and non-Western points of view is skewed, teach on

Belen Fernandez

With the state of rot inside the beltway, it's no wonder that a young Saudi ex-fighter pilot with no diplomatic experience can glide into the unstable world of Trump’s Washington and cause scarcely a ripple of concern

Bill Law

I spent 18 days in Egypt this summer, talking to everyone - the poor and the rich, those against Sisi and those praising him. But it was the cactus pear merchant who showed me what I really needed to see

Amr Khalifa

The greater struggle that Syrians have long fought and will continue to fight against the Assad machine will not end through peace talks that legitimise the regime’s version of liberation

MEE contributor